How can two countries share an island?

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Aug 31, 2013

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Flag of Saint Martin  , St. Maarten/St. Martin,
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Half Dutch and half French, this island is worth a visit! The jerk chicken (and probably the ribs, although we didnīt try that) was one of the most delicious things Iīve ever eaten. It was not like the typical rub but more like juicy, spicy goodness. Then thereīs the passion fruit shakes. I was in heaven!

The buses are cheap too ($2 max/destination)! You wouldnīt know what to look for as their bus is actually a mini van with a license plate reading bus. We got in at one point and the driver asks, "inside or out." Steve and I are looking around and totally confused. Inside the van or ride on the outside? We couldn'tīt see any seats outside the van...were we suppose to hang on to something? We opted with the inside option. As we pulled away, a passenger explained that the driver was referring to where we wanted to be dropped off...outside the area or inside to the exact spot. HAHAHAHA!!! TOO FUNNY!!!!

Our first stop was Oriental Beach. I heard it was gorgeous and the foreigner in our bus agreed that it was the best spot on the island. We got there and did our usual walk along the beach to scope out the scene. We get to this small rocky jetty area and as we crossed over Steve noticed a standing man, who happened to be naked...just hanging out. We scan the beach further and realized we were on our first full on naked beach. Awkward but itīd be more strange to turn back, at least that was how I reasoned things to Steve. He probably wouldnīt have minded the walk if the sun seekers were around our age group! We did get in the water after walking out to the point, with our suits on. As we are coming out of the water, there was a man (yes, full on naked) doing unnecesary stretches, facing us. He was laying down, doing leg lifts, split stretches to his toes, etc...either he was doing them quickly or we took an extremely long time getting out of the water. It was disturbing.

We headed over to Marigot, the French capitol but that was not very impressive for us. I did hear that the food is the main attraction but we are kind of afraid of French food. Like I said, we are not adventurous where food is concerned. We quickly walked through the area and took a bus back to Phillipsburg, the Dutch side.

A lot of people stop at Simpsonīs Bay, especially to see the low flying planes but we were kind of running out of time. I am soooo glad we skipped it because that gave us time to walk the boardwalk area. We had the most delicious finger lickinī jerk chicken. Next time we go, that will be our first stop. SO GOOD!!!
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